Colds and Flu in Pregnancy

Cold and Flu season has arrived - relief of symptoms

The common cold is a viral infection, symptoms usually resolve in seven to ten days. The following may assist in the relief from symptoms:

Aches and Pains

  • Paracetamol, either with or without codeine, for example Panadol or Panadeine
  • Do not take Asprin/Disprin, Voltaren or Nurofen, or any cold and flu preparation containing pseudoephedrine

Cough

  • For a dry cough, a cough suppressant medication such as Bisolvon Dry, Benadryl Dry and Duro-Tuss Dry are considered safe in pregnancy for short periods
  • For a moist cough an expectorant may be more appropriate such as Bisolvon Chesty, Benadryl Chesty or Duro-Tuss Chesty

Discuss the most suitable medication with your GP or Pharmacist.

Sore throat

  • Gargling with salt water may be helpful or short term use of Betadine gargle ie 3-4 days may be helpful. Sipping lemon juice and honey may soothe the sore throat.
  • Lozenges such as Strepsils are safe to use in pregnancy

Nasal congestion

  • Decongestant nasal sprays such as Drixine or Otrivin are options for use in congestion. These should be used for a maximum of three to four days. Alternatively a saline nasal spray such as FESS or an inhalation can be used, for example a dilute concentration of eucalyptus and menthol oils in hot water.

Influenza vaccine is safe and recommended for pregnant women who will be in the second and third trimester during the flu season. For more information influenza in pregnancy.

If symptoms persist your GP may consider ordering you a course of antibiotics.

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